Seattle – China Eastern Airlines has committed to purchase 80 Boeing 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. When finalized, the order will become China’s largest-ever purchase by an airline for single-aisle airplanes, worth more than $8 billion at current list prices.
“We look forward to making history with China Eastern as they are poised to make the largest purchase for single-aisle airplanes by a Chinese airline,” said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We share an enduring partnership with China Eastern and we are excited to see that the 737 family of airplanes will play an important role in their continued success.”
The order will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
Session Topic: PLC Robot Control - A New Trend in Robotics
Time: Monday, Sept. 8. From 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
Speaker: James C. Cooper, Vice President Sales and Marketing, KUKA Robotics Corp.
One of the newest and most rapidly changing trends in robotics in a unified control solution approach to the entire cell system integration. Utilizing this approach, an industrial robot can now be programmed and controlled via a PLC or machine tool CNC controller.
This approach offers many advantages; such as reduced system integration costs, reduced end user training requirements, and improved operator ease of use.
This presentation will discuss technically how this is accomplished; review the factors to consider in an application of this technology; and will show real world applications of this technology including using the robot for CNC machining functionality.
This is a new trend in robotics as it allows end users to add robotic automation without the need to learn new programming languages and/or add trying to find additional staff with unique controls knowledge in an increasing skilled worker shortage marketplace.
The educational and informative conferences run Sept. 8-11, 2014 in the West Building, Level 1. To register for this or any session, visit http://www.imts.com/education/imtsconference.html
Montreal, Canada – Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW127N engine has earned certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), further clearing the way for its entry into service on a new fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft operated by Avianca Airlines of Colombia. The key EASA certification comes just weeks after the PW127N was approved by Transport Canada.
The PW127N engine builds on the success of the PW127M, which has accumulated over 10 million hours of operation. It offers enhanced performance in hot and high operating conditions, including a 4.5% thermal power increase for Maximum Take-Off ratings (MTO). Field conversions from the PW127M will be feasible with minor hardware modifications.
The PW127N will be rolled out progressively to Avianca’s ATR fleet throughout 2014 and 2015, with the first ATR 72-600 equipped with the new PW127N engines scheduled to be delivered this summer. The new engine will enable the airline to get better performance at take-off from high altitude airports like its hub in Bogota, Colombia.
“We continue to enhance our PW127 family and we will introduce additional features in early 2016 that will enhance the performance of the PW127M and PW127N engines” added John Saabas, president of P&WC, “As we have done for decades, we continue to reduce fuel burn and increase the reliability of our engines. This in turn, enhances the competitiveness of the regional turboprop.”
The PW127N is the newest member of P&WC’s PW100 turboprop family, which this year is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its entry into service. Today, there are over 2,800 PW100-powered regional aircraft in service with more than 500 operators in 130 countries.
Geneva, Switzerland – Dassault Aviation has launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra-long-range category.
The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450nm (11,945km) and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon.
“The Falcon 8X will be our new flagship and a great complement to our product line,” announced Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier. “It builds on Dassault expertise in aerodynamics, in precision design and manufacturing, and in advanced digital flight controls. It embodies the best of Falcons that have come before with the most capability of any Falcon ever.”
“With two new aircraft in development, the 5X and 8X, Dassault will now be able to offer a family of six jets designed to meet the widest possible range of operator needs at the upper end of the business jet spectrum,” added Trappier.
With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X will be capable of flying 6,450nm non-stop at Mach 0.80. It will be powered by an improved version of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307 engine that equips the Falcon 7X. Combined with improvements to wing design, the new power plant will make the 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in the ultra-long range segment, affording a corresponding savings in operating costs.
The Falcon 8X is expected to have a balanced field length of about 6,000ft (1,829m) and an approach speed of 106kts (197kph) at typical landing weight.
The Falcon 8X will be equipped with a totally redesigned cockpit modeled after the Falcon 5X. It will feature a new generation of the EASy flight deck equipped with a head-up display that combines synthetic and enhanced vision and offer a dual HUD capability.
First flight is expected in early 2015 with certification in the middle of 2016 and initial deliveries before the end of 2016.
The Falcon 8X cabin will be 6ft 2" (1.88m) high and 7ft 8" (2.34m) wide and 42ft 8" (13m) long, enabling it to offer customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market. More than 30 configurations will be available. Three galley sizes, two with a crew-rest option, are available. Operators will have an extensive selection of passenger seating areas of varying lengths that can support different lavatory layouts, including a lavatory with shower.
“The Falcon 8X will be the longest cabin of any Falcon. But, more importantly, it will feature the highest level of customization of any large cabin business jet on the market,” said Trappier.
The Falcon 8X will be equipped with three PW307D engines delivering 6,722 lb of thrust each – a 5% increase compared to the PW307A that powers the Falcon 7X. These engines will offer a reduction in fuel consumption, community noise, and NOx emissions.
The Falcon 8X will also be fitted with a redesigned ultra-efficient wing derived from the Falcon 7X. The wing structure has been redesigned to minimize the overall aircraft drag during cruise while achieving a 600 lb weight saving. It will also feature optimized leading edge profile and winglets. These improvements are expected to increase significantly the lift-to-drag ratio.
Like the Falcon 7X, the Falcon 8X will be capable of approaches up to 6°, allowing it to serve challenging airports such as London City Airport; Aspen, Colorado; La Mole (Saint-Tropez), France; and Saanen (Gstaad), Switzerland, that are normally not accessible to most large cabin aircraft.
The Falcon 8X is already at an advanced stage of production with the first airframe expected to be assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac, France, facility in the coming months. An extensive expansion project at Dassault’s Little Rock, Ark., facility will break ground shortly, enabling it to accommodate completion of the new Falcon 8X and Falcon 5X models.
Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France, markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America, South America, and the Pacific Rim countries of Asia, including the People’s Republic of China.
Source: Dassault Falcon
Washington – NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the teams must meet a series of milestones to design, manufacture, assemble, and test their systems and concepts in close cooperation with members of the NASA Exploration Augmentation Module (EAM) concept team.
EAM is a new agency-wide technology development concept managed by the Advanced Exploration Systems Division in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The EAM will combine several capabilities into a prototype system to augment Orion's habitation and extra-vehicular activity capabilities for extended deep space missions.
"This is the fifth year of the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, and we continue to be impressed by the innovative university proposals to advance capabilities for spaceflight," said Tracy Gill, NASA lead for the X-Hab Challenge. "We look forward to lending our experience to the teams, to learning from their fresh approaches and to guiding the efforts through the systems engineering process."
The challenge is a university-level participatory exploration effort designed to encourage studies in spaceflight-related disciplines. The challenge encourages multidisciplinary approaches and strengthens partnerships between NASA, academia and industry. This design challenge requires undergraduate students to explore NASA's work on development of deep space habitats while also helping the agency gather new ideas to complement its current research and development. NASA selected these five projects from among a group of proposals received in May.
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge 2015 teams and projects are:
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Design of a Carbon-fiber/Fused Deposition Modeling Spacecraft Structural Fabrication System
- University of South Alabama: Development of a Volumetric Adsorption System for CO2 and H2O Multicomponent Isotherm Measurements
- University of Vermont: Design of a "Smart-Structure" Deployable Airlock
- Oklahoma State University: Deployable Greenhouse for food production on long-duration exploration missions
- University of Colorado at Boulder: Deployable Greenhouse for Food Production
This challenge also contributes to the agency's efforts to train and develop a highly skilled scientific, engineering, and technical workforce for the future.
The National Space Grant Foundation will administer the grants to the universities for NASA to fund design, development and evaluation of the systems by members of the NASA teams during the 2014-2015 academic year.